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#45 How innovation is done in the traditional housing business – Oliver Falk-Becker

Dr. Oliver Falk-Becker, Head of Business Development at Gewobag AG, Experienced Head of New Business Development with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in corporate development (e.g. strategy development, organizational development process management, restructuring) as well as business development (e.g. new business building, innovation and M&A). Strong professional with an MBA from Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate degree in Business and Economics from Universität Witten/Herdecke.

Insights:

• How Oliver and his colleagues determine what to develop
• Oliver’s favorite projects
• Dealing with cooperation and networking problems in the company
• How to build team skills
• How Oliver ensures his team stay connected to the company culture and core people

Key Discussion Points:

[00:06] Knowing Oliver and People Park (sic) background

[02:48]How Oliver and his colleagues determine what to develop

[05:24] The Oliver favorite development project

[16:13] How often does Oliver meet with the board to discuss projects

[24:22] Dealing with cooperation and networking problems in a big company

[28:12] How to build team skills

[30:50] How Oliver ensures his team stay connected to the company culture and core people

[34:16] Oliver’s list of successful and complete projects

[37:26] What are Oliver’s favorite books

[38:22] Oliver advice to his 18 years old self

Interesting Quotes:

“We need to think about ways, how to better use the space because space is so limited in the city.”

“The housing industry is not known to be a fast-moving industry.”

“If you think about the company as an onion, and then you have some core business inside and then around it, there are different layers.”

“Our goal here is to make the car not necessary anymore.”

“If you follow your heart and do what you’re passionate about, I think you will be successful in what you’re doing.”

“It doesn’t matter how many euros you have at the end of the month, but how you feel about what you’re doing.”

Book Recommendations:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Web Recommendations:

Gewobag example projects

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